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Archive for January, 2008

Gender Bias in Wages in India

We had long before written about No-Pay Day for Women in UK. We had asked if such gender-based discrimination in handing wages was observed in India. Well, according to a government survey, answer is unfortunately in affirmative. Yes, we have gender-based discrimination in our country.

Here is what the report as published in Hindustan Times says:

The bias in the payment of wages and salaries not only overlooks the number of hours put in by men and women but also their educational qualifications.

On an average, in rural India, a woman’s daily wage is Rs 20 less than that of a man, though both work equal hours. In the case of daily salary, the difference is of Rs 50.

Children are even more exploited, especially the girl child. In the manufacturing and service sectors, a girl gets just Rs 10 per day in urban areas. Boys are slightly better off with wages close to Rs 30 for a day.

Were you surprised to read this?


Muslim Feminist Reader

Hey, here are two pieces of news that caught my attention about women in Muslim world:

I had always wondered why women were not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Now they are coming out with the legislation that allows women to drive. Drawbacks as I see are that this legislation will come into force by th end of this year (the year has just started after all). Also, it is predicted that the execution of law will be slow. Telegraph says that “Saudi Arabia is to lift its ban on women drivers in an attempt to stem a rising suffragette-style movement in the deeply conservative state.

In another news in Canada, three women sued their Imam for discriminating against them in mosque on the basis of their gender. Though Imam alleges that these women are suing him at the behest of their husband “who tried to “hijack” the mosque over sectarian differences.” What i truth remains to be see, here is the complete news story.

What is your take on these news?

Interview with Consumer Rights Champion: Amit

M.R.P stands for Maximum Retail Price. We can also bargain on M.R.P. Yet several venders overcharge us. What do we do?

Jaago Grahak Jaago LogoTake a leaf out of Amits story. He challenged the errant vendors in the consumer court and won. 🙂

Read Amit’s experiences in consumer court and his dealings with common issues such as overcharging by autorickshaws or loudspeakers blaring hard at temple in a two-part interview posted at Visceral Observations. Here are the links to both parts of the interview:

Interview with Consumer Rights Champion-Amit: Part 1

Interview with Consumer Rights Champion: Amit: Part 2

Amit also blogs about his experiences and consumer rights at The Everyday Bloggy.